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11 Spectacular Places to Get Outside in 2018

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Make 2018 the year you scale a new mountain or venture beyond your comfort zone to an under-the-radar wide-open space.
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Marble Canyon, AZ 86036, USA
Bordered on the south by its eponymous deep-red cliffs, the national monument is home to broad plateaus, endangered California condors, and some of the oldest petroglyphs in the United States. But the area’s greatest hit is the Wave, a dramatic,...
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San Juan, UT 84511, USA
Anchored by distinctive twin buttes that give the area its name, the expansive, newly designated Bears Ears National Monument is at the center of a heated land-use debate among Native American tribes, more recent residents of the area, ranchers,...
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Lumontie 3, RUHTINANSALMI, 89920 Hossa, Finland
More than 50 miles of trails wind among pine forests, wild berry patches, and 130 or so lakes and ponds in Finland’s newest national park, which was inaugurated in late 2017 to celebrate Finland’s 100th anniversary of independence. In addition to...
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The multicolored mountain of Vinicunca is not terribly far from the mobbed pathways of Machu Picchu, but until a few years ago, it was virtually unknown to U.S. travelers. But today, more visitors are braving the three-and-a-half-hour drive from ...
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Cambodia
Miles of jungle footpaths make southwestern Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains a hiker’s heaven. One of the last strongholds of the Khmer Rouge regime, the area opened to travelers only two decades ago, and the tropical landscapes of Botum Sakor...
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Asturias, Spain
With its alpine karsts, glacial lakes, and hilltop woods, it’s no wonder Picos de Europa was the first designated national park in Spain. Occupying a remote area on Spain’s northern coast, the park celebrates its centenary in 2018....
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In the northern part of Chilean Patagonia, Parque Pumalín stretches from Andean peaks to Pacific fjords, with dense rain forest, hidden lakes, waterfalls, and volcanoes in between. Expected to be named a national park this spring,...
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Dominica
Named after its highest mountain, this 17,000-acre park was established as a national park in July 1975 and named a World Heritage Site in 1997. Its Valley of Desolation is a region of boiling mud ponds and small geysers, its Boiling Lake is the...
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Karu market Leh ladakh Karu Jammu and Kashmir, 194101
In eastern Ladakh, this is one of the largest national parks in the subcontinent and the only Indian national park located north of the Himalayan Mountain Range. The Indus River and portions of the Zanskar Mountain Range serve as its borders....
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Namibia
There’s a reason this park is little known outside Namibia. Until it was turned into a national park in 2008, the area was a private diamond concession, and entry was strictly prohibited by Namibian law. Apart from a few areas that were intensely...
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S Coast Rd, Flinders Chase SA 5223, Australia
At the west end of Kangaroo Island, this park is a sanctuary for endangered wildlife with some introduced to the island from the mainland. It’s also home to two geological monuments: Remarkable Rocks, naturally sculpted rock formations balanced on...